It’s only a one hour drive from the New Zealand’s largest city to Muriwai. Muriwai Regional Park is a windswept rugged coastline stretching 60 km north. It is one of New Zealand’s most spectacular black sand surf beaches. At its southern end, Otakamiro Point is the site of one of this country’s few mainland Gannet breeding colonies. This headland and offshore islands are also home to white fronted terns, blue penguins and fur seals.
The Takapu Refuge is located at the southern end of Muriwai beach and is an established breeding area for gannets. About 1,200 pairs of adult gannets nest here each summer and can be seen between August and March each year.
Photograph taken 2nd September 2009